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Ready to Volunteer?

Volunteers are critical to VIM Clinic’s mission of healing. Our dedicated team of volunteers are committed to helping others who are in need. Volunteers at VIM Clinic conduct themselves with dignity, courtesy, kindness and consideration while working in a professional manner.

 

We are always seeking Physicians, Dental Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, Pharmacists and Lay (Administrative) Volunteers. Experience is not necessary or required for our volunteer positions. We will introduce you to VIM Clinic and train you! Many of our volunteers are retired, coming from many different careers and specialties.

Volunteer Requirements:

  1. Attend and/or watch the VIM Clinic Volunteer Orientation prior to starting your service.
  2. Test for Tuberculosis by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This test is conducted by VIM Clinic personnel on your first day of volunteering.
  3. Sign and complete onboarding paperwork, including but not limited to a confidentiality statement and a code of conduct agreement, prior to beginning.
  4. Agree to be kind to our patients and treat each individual with respect and dignity.

Contact us today to become a volunteer!

Current Areas of Need for Volunteers

Physicians and Medical Personnel
  • General practice
  • Endocrinologist
  • ENT (Otolaryngologist)
  • Family practice
  • Certified diabetes educators
  • Bariatric medicine
  • Pain management
  • Chiropractic
  • Radiology technicians
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Psychiatry/psychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology

 

Nursing Professionals
  • All general nursing staff
  • RN
  • LPN
  • Nurse aides
  • Medical technologists
  • Diabetic clinic staff nurse
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing assistants
  • Charge nurse
Dental Professionals
  • Dentists
  • Dental hygienists

 

Mental Health Professionals

Contact Doug Wolter, MSW, Director of Mental Health (843) 681-6612 ext. 232 or dwolter@vimclinic.org

 

Pharmacists
  • Licensed or formerly licensed pharmacists

 

Lay (Administrative)
  • Greeters and assistant greeters
  • Screeners
  • Patient scheduler
  • Medical records support team
  • Interpreter/translators
  • Secretary
  • Fundraising or event planning and management
  • Pharmacy assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • Clerical support
  • Electronic medical records (data entry and training)
  • Lead clinical assistant
  • Patient medications
  • Clerical assistant

Patient Volunteers

The majority of our patients are employed and support the clinic in a variety of ways. For example:

  • A “Green Team” of patient volunteers clean the clinic buildings daily, saving us nearly $30,000 in annual cleaning costs.
  • All of the landscaping and yard maintenance is provided at no cost by a small landscaping company whose employees rely on the clinic for care. This service saves VIM Clinic close to $5,000 annually.
  • Patient volunteers who work in construction keep the buildings maintained and make needed repairs free of charge.

Contact Nena Balzola, Office Manager and Patient Navigator at (843) 681.6612, ext. 225 or nbalzola@vimclinic.org.

Volunteer FAQs

Am I required to have an active medical license?

No. As long as you have been licensed to practice medicine in any state in the U.S. you are eligible to volunteer in the clinic. A copy of your medical license from your prior state of residence will be required prior to volunteering.

Do I have to be licensed in the state of South Carolina?

No. Physician volunteers work under a special volunteer license in the state of South Carolina. Our credentialing office will take care of this process for you.

Do I need to carry malpractice insurance?

No. The clinic covers all physicians under its own malpractice insurance as well as federal programs for volunteer physicians.

What if I’m a “snowbird”?

“Snowbirds” are welcome at all times. Our busiest clinics are usually in the late fall and winter when most of Hilton Head Island’s part-time snowbirds arrive. Additionally, if you are a part-time resident but are in town even for a week, please give us a call if you can help one morning or afternoon while you are here. We are delighted to have you at any time! Just give us a call and let us know that you are available.

What if my specialty does not involve direct patient care such as pathology?

We have a need for your knowledge in other areas of the clinic such as our laboratory, triage service, outcomes management, and clinical quality management programs just to name a few.

How much time is required to volunteer?

Some of our physicians and dentists volunteer every week for at least a half-day. Some physicians can only volunteer one or two days a month. We are happy to work with you in any way that is convenient to your schedule.